Call for creative work: Climate and Gender (In)Justice in the City

Climate change has immediate and long-term implications globally. These challenges are experienced unequally – including along gendered and generational lines. There is a need to identify and foreground the experiences of individuals and communities who are often the least able to mitigate or adapt to environmental shifts. Arts and creative expression can play a key role in ensuring these voices are centred in understanding and responding to the impacts of climate change in cities across both Uganda and Indonesia.

Artistic work invited

GENERATE invites applicants to submit a piece of artistic work and an accompanying description that explains what inspired the work and how it interprets the theme of “Climate and Gender (In)Justice in the City” in the context of urban Uganda or Indonesia.

Applications are open to everyone, from climate and gender activists to professional artists and urban residents. We welcome creative submissions in any form, including (but not limited to): photography, graphic art, poetry, drawing, painting, creative writing, recorded spoken-word performance, song or rap, etc. Applicants should submit one entry (e.g. one photograph, one poem etc.) that responds to the theme.

Entries will be reviewed by an international panel of artists, creatives, activists, and researchers. The panel will assess contributions based on originality and creative response and interpretation of the theme, taking into consideration the work itself as well as the description. Selected entries will be exhibited and shared as part of GENERATE’s ongoing work to better understand and address the unequal impacts of climate change on people in cities across both Uganda and Indonesia.

All selected submissions will be awarded 50,000 UGX/200,000 IDR and a certificate. The winning entrant will be awarded a prize of 750,000 UGX/3,000,000 IDR and two runners up will be awarded 375,000 UGX/1,500,000 IDR each. Some entrants will be invited to collaborate further with the GENERATE team on developing creative responses to climate and gender (in)justice.

GENERATE

Gender, Generation and Climate Change (GENERATE) is a research project based at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom. It uses social science and the arts to strengthen the impact and inclusivity of climate change actions in cities in Uganda and Indonesia. As catastrophic and slow-onset climate events emerge and increase across the world, and growing numbers migrate to urban centres, social inequalities – including gender and age – will manifest in uneven impacts of climate change. GENERATE aims to broaden and deepen current approaches to gender and age in climate policy and practice and promote the meaningful participation of traditionally excluded and marginalised communities in urban and climate decision-making.

How to make an entry

Applications should include:

  1. One artistic submission;
  2. A short description (one A4 page max) of how the piece of work responds to the theme of ‘Climate and Gender (In)Justice in the City’;
  3. A short biography (200 words max) of the applicant(s).

All applications should be emailed to GENERATEclimate@gmail.com. If files are too large to be emailed, they can be uploaded to a sharing service (Dropbox, Google Drive, Box etc.), and the link included with the application.

The deadline for submissions is 30 September 2021. Results will be announced by 31 October 2021.

Any questions regarding this submission, or to arrange alternative means of submission if necessary, can be sent to: GENERATEclimate@gmail.com.

Submission Rules

  • Entry is free, limited to one submission per person(s), and entrants should be aged 18+ years;
  • The short description and biography should be in English, but we warmly welcome artistic works in any language(s);
  • Entries should be your own original work and not infringe the rights of anyone else;
  • Permission must be sought for photos or similar work that include identifiable people (this includes parental permission in the case of under 18s);
  • By entering, applicants acknowledge that their work may be published on GENERATE’s website, social media, reports and/or other outlets;
  • Copyright for all creative work remains with the applicant;
  • Work should be recent and unpublished;
  • The panel’s decision(s) are final.

Health and Safety

All applicants should exercise caution when creating their work and ensure they comply with the latest relevant national COVID-19 guidelines.